Tuesday, September 2, 2014

No two artists intrepret a scene the same way...Friday's acrylic class

It's always so much fun to me how everyone paints something so completely different from the same photo. Love that.   I think I'm finally recovered from my two week trip to Michigan.  Took awhile to get back in the swing of things.  I really had fun with family and friends and the two workshops I taught.  Working on schedules now for four workshops there next year.  Can't wait to go back.  I've sure miss a lot of wonderful postings here. Will try to catch up on the comments.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Woohoo! More Sales!

After getting in from a long weekend mountain trip to New Mexico, a new collector came by and purchased these two watercolors.  Yay!  We reviewed some framing tips on matting and presentation then she left to return to California.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tiger Eyes

Here is one of the paintings completed last week at a workshop in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla....Stephie Butler from the UK was our demo teacher....love her technique although it isn't the way I paint.  Took me a couple of really "bad" paintings to get the hang of painting loose...sure was fun...and to drop in crazy color in on a tiger's portrait was even more fun.  Believe me...y'all will never see the paintings I did of people...not gonna happen...ha.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Horse Of A Different Color

SOLD!!! FOR $10,000! TO A RETIRED VETERINARIAN who has generously agreed to donate it back to Return To Freedom for touring! ~ The sculpture, "Horse Power", is the scout horse for an upcoming event called "Horse of a Different Color" for saving the wild horses of America. A few of us artists at the Art-A-Fair painted it.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bottle Label Hibiscus Cocktail

Two sample bottles of this special cocktail arrived yesterday featuring my pale lilac-pink hibiscus image that I licensed to Son of Jen's company...can't wait to taste it!

Sudderth Drive

12x9 watercolor, painted last Monday while studying with Mollie and Nita in Florida. The day's lesson was on perspective as taught by instructor Wyna Woodford who lives in Montana.  I used my own photograph of Ruidoso, NM's main street traffic and pedestrians, however and not the street scene provided.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Painting Watercolor Portraits

Two portrait works in progress from a Stephie Butler workshop.

First, the young girl. This one is almost done. I will add a few small details and leave the rest as is.

Second, the old man. I selected this subject to learn wrinkles (character lines), beards and fabric. I have more to do on this painting.

I've been wanting to get back to portraits, and this workshop did the job. Generally, I paint portraits with oil paint, and I'm glad to have learned this watercolor technique as it is just what I've been looking for. I will be focused on portraits for some time to come.

Vernita Hoyt

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hi Everyone, I'm Baaaack:)

Hi from Japan,

I just wanted to let you know that I'm back and almost got lost in translation.  Since I now have a  Japanese IP address with a .jp at the end of all websites so some American websites work and some don't.  I have been having a heck of a time with blogger and I finally got it figured out, I think, but everything is still in Japanese, for instance the login section, etc.  So it's been trial and error.  I haven't even blogged on my personal blog since April, aaaahhh!

We are settling in here.  We have a house and our stuff now.  The kids start school next week, and yes it is an American school.  Things are already super busy.  Brian has a high stress job as a Squadron Commander and I have many duties that come with his job, such as running a program that helps take care of the spouses in the squadron.  As I sit here typing I'm covered in frosting after just backing about 100 cupcakes and 100 wrench cookies (Brian is Air Craft Maintenance) and I'm hosting a spouse meeting tomorrow night.

I am painting, but need to be painting faster.  I have a group gallery show in Charleston, SC that I need to have 3 paintings done by August 31st.  I'm trying to balance it all but I'm certainly putting exploring Japan on the front burner.  Today was the first day that I have driven off base all by my lonesome, well the boys were with me, but it was big step for me.  Driving on the opposite side of the road takes some getting used to and there are several Japanese laws that scare me a little so I've been hesitant.  But I made it today and I think I'm over my fear.  Nothing is stopping me now:)

Anyway good to be back.  I've been keeping track of most of you on Facebook:)

p.s. I'm not even going to attempt to understand Kanji to post descriptions under the pictures so the top one is Sake barrels left as a gift at the Meiji Shrine, next one down is a manhole cover in a neighboring town named Mizuho, next is a lady in a Kimono on her cell phone, loved her black and white kimono, and bottom one is one of the doors to the Meiji Shrine.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Foiled Again

I know...foil has been done before...but it's so much fun! This is another miniature, (the shows are around the corner) and measures 2 5/8 x 4 3/4. Mollie, come home already! Your garden is overflowing with 'maters!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


I have always had a fascination with Egypt. This collage makes me think of hot blowing sand, and the coolness of the crypt. I embellished it with gold and copper rubbings.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

So how do you girls keep up with everything?

I'm so very bad at keeping up here. Sorry Girls. I started a page on fb and trying to keep that going and being admin for the Studio tour fb page and the studio tour blog as well as my own blog is taking up all my time that isnt painting time.

How do you girls do it all?

Anyhow, the Splash 15 came out  and I am on the same page as Chris :) My Teds so want to meet Chris's froggies. There just had to be a Ted word for that!

I have been painting lots and drawing too. Here are just two I have done.

'Heart Strings'

'See the world through my eyes'

I have also been doing Art in the Park events and have another one next saturday. I have to paint something I can see there this time EEEKKKKK! Chris and I went on a sneak peak outing the other day as its a new park and I have no clue whats there. At least I have some idea now. I will try to get something drawn out before I go so the poor people have something to see.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Mollie's in Cheap Joe's Fall Catalog!

Just thumbing thru Joe's new fall catalog to place an order and saw a familiar watercolor of cherries in a bowl, thinking hey! that looks just like Mollie's work! Congratulations, Mollie! You've made those reds famous!

New Miniatures

"Snowdrops on Noses" 2.5 x 2.5" "Splash Dance" 4 x 3" "Maritime Nest" 3 x 4" Just so you know I haven't been too idle this summer...here are a few miniatures that I have completed. I still have five more drawings I need to slap some paint on but oh...they just take such a looonnnggg time to complete!

Watercolor Artist

I feel like I am hogging the AC but you know this doesn't happen very often for me...so please be patient...ha!  The Watercolor Artist magazine arrived yesterday and so I tried to take a picture of it...I am tickled to have these two full pages plus parts of three other pages! I was pretty happy to see it! This all happened because Birgit O'Conner happened to see my painting online and that it was testing the new QoR paints and she told the magazine!!! Pretty nice huh?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Daniel Smith

I am posting the link to where they have first announced that I won second in the Daniel Smith contest...I am pretty excited! It will next be posted on Facebook at their site and the emails have started to come out. Now how to spend my money!!! http://view.e-mail.danielsmith.com/?j=fec916767c67067d&m=fe9812727567057f7c&ls=fe8d127076630d7970&l=ff61107570&s=fe9d15767364007c75&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe8a13717661027572&r=0 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Robert Genn Letter

I've come to realize success means a lot of different things to different artists. Some consider simply feeling good Ramparts -- Robert 'doing his own thing' acrylic on canvas 60 x 60 inches by Robert Genn, 2004about themselves to be the mark of success. Many get the good feeling just by producing a decent watercolour. Others think success is wrapped up in something like a Porsche 911 Turbo.

For me a '38 Bentley is all I need--just kidding. But it does have something to do with self-vindication and self-actualization. In my case it was a matter of trying to get what these days is called "a life." I wanted to do something that I could live in. I observed clock-watchers who sold out short in what I considered to be unpleasant jobs. I wanted a mind-bending challenge that held my interest and fired me out of bed like a rocket. I didn't want compromise. Preferably I wanted everything I did to be my own thing. The idea of signing my name on things always appealed to me. I wanted to make a contribution and I wanted to enhance the lives of others as well as that of my family. All these wants were a tough order for a person who was known to be inadequate.

Then the problem of talent reared its ugly head. I found out that talent is what you make of what you have left after the other stuff fails. I also liked the type of work because it seemed like play. I was willing to work hard at play--lack of concentration at dull activities made sure of that. And I wasn't cut out for shopping. Shopping's a time-waster and a money-loser. I'm sorry, but staying out of stores is the thing. (I'm not talking about your regular tofu stores.) Non-spending is the path to security. That's how I got an idea about success. Success means having freedom. Freedom to follow your nose. You need freedom in order to create, and you need creativity in order to pay the price for your freedom.

Success may be a sticky business, difficult to pin down. I'm an authority on failure. Failure happens when you lose track of your chosen process.

Best regards,


PS: "Self-trust is the first secret to success." (Ralph Waldo Emerson) "No horse gets anywhere until it is harnessed. No stream drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunnelled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined." (Harry Emerson Fosdick)

"Only connect!" (E. M. Forster)

Esoterica: Some good questions I've been asked: "Is creativity a motive to reach success or is success a motive to create? In what way did success influence your art? Do you need success to exist as an artist? Does success inevitably include recognition? Could a successful artist be claimed as a complete artist?" 

These are some good questions we could discuss if you like!!! What are your thoughts?

Monday, August 4, 2014

Watercolor Artist Magazine

Soon the October issue of Watercolor Artist will be on the stands and I am honored to be in it! The artists are amazing that are in this issue! Featured artists include: Direk Kingnok, whose painting, Yaowarat, Bangkok, graces the cover, George James, Carol Evans, Chizuru Morii Kaplan, Thomas W. Schaller, Keiko Tanabe, Andrew Kish III, Ratindra Das, Joyce Hicks, Jane Freeman, Bev Jozwiak and Richard Parkes Bonington.
It is my demo using QoR watercolors for Golden. You remember the fish??
I am very excited to get my magazine!!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Good News

I received a letter from the Watercolor Society of North Carolina my painting "Skippers Rest" has been excepted in the 69th WSNC Annual Exhibition which will open Oct 12, to Dec 1st 2014 at Barton College in Wilson, NC.
Eric Wiegardt chose 70 paintings out of 138.

Yesterday I received a letter from Kentucky Watercolor Society I have been excepted in the Aqueous USA 2014 Kentucky Watercolor Society's 37th National Juried Exhibition.
Frederick Graff is the juror. The show will open Nov. 3rd to Dec 23rd 2014 the show will take place at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, KY.

I am not able to post pictures soon as I can I will.  Just had to pass on my good news.